In just six years, the sugar industry will celebrate 150 years of operation. A century and a half ago no one would have imaged the sophisticated and technologically advanced industry that we have today.
“One of the greatest post-drought problems will be that of restocking their properties with cattle and sheep. Losses have been so heavy that numbers of existing stock will be most seriously depleted...and the task will take years to complete.”
1935 was the year that Bufo Marinus - the cane toad – was introduced to Australia to combat cane beetles.
Wild dogs, or dingoes as they were referred to, didn’t rate many news items in the 1930s, just the occasional article such as that above giving a statewide summary.
The abundant combination of sunshine, soil and water has powered north Queensland's horticulture industry on to become one of the most significant food-producing parts of the country, and the world.
While the Towers Jockey Club held its first meeting in 1873, the newly-formed Charters Towers Amateur Hack Club’s inaugural meeting was in the sweltering heat of January 1926.
Maize production on the Atherton Tableland was started to provide feed for the horses, mules and bullocks used in the mining industries that grew up around Herberton and Irvinebank in the 1880s, and in the canefields on the coast.
North Queensland, with a population of less than 600,000, boasts an extensive road network that is vital for a wide variety of uses, including industry and tourism.